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The number of GPs in Scotland’s has remained relatively unchanged in a decade, while patient lists continue to grow, latest statistics show. 

At the end of September 2017, there were 4,920 GPs in Scotland, with GP numbers having been around 4,900 since 2008, says the Information Services Division at NHS Scotland. The proportion of GPs who are women has risen to 60% in 2017.

“As these figures are headcounts, they do not reflect differences in part-time hours. The National Primary Care Workforce Survey 2015 contains estimates for WTE of GPs and found that female GPs were more likely to work part-time than male GPs.”

The ‘GP workforce and practice list sizes 2007-2017’ report also states:

  • a third of all GPs are aged 50 or over;
  • the number of patients registered with GP practices continues to rise slowly year on year and has increased by 5% since 2007;
  • the number of patients aged 65+ has increased by 20% since 2007;
  • the number of practices in Scotland decreased by 7% since 2007, reflecting a trend towards larger practices.

Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee, said: “The data shows that the number of GPs in Scotland has remained largely static for a number of years now, yet Scotland’s population is increasing, and in particular the number of older patients with multi-morbidities is rising. It is clear that the status quo in general practice can no longer continue.

“The proposed new contract that we have negotiated aims to reduce workload pressures and improve GP recruitment and retention. The contract poll that is currently underway gives GPs in Scotland an opportunity to secure a sustainable future for general practice and I’d encourage the profession to take part.”

Links:
ISD ‘General Practice - GP workforce and practice list sizes’             
BMA Scotland comment                 

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